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  • Birthday 12/16/1981

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  1. Very nice items. I have not yet succumbed to the temptation to collect Kaiserliche Marine insignia. I do have some photos of these in wear that I will have to dig out and scan. Below is a woman wearing the uniform of an Obermaschinistenmaat with the same Mützenband: The letters are a bit blurry as I think she was moving her head during the exposure. Best regards, Ben
  2. An earlier and more crudely assembled type of mask compared to the Gummimaske in the center:
  3. Soldiers of Sächsisches Minenwerfer-Bataillon XXII (Saxon 22nd Mortar Battalion) posing with MG08:
  4. Why march to your next destination when you can ride on an A7V tank?
  5. A small victory parade somewhere in the United States with FT17 tank:
  6. Soldiers of the Royal Irish Fusiliers Regiment posing with two Maxim/Vickers MGs and rangefinder: Photo taken in Folkestone, Kent, England.
  7. A nice side view of a soldier in the prone firing position with the Mauser M1918 T-Gewehr anti-tank rifle:
  8. Side view of a Prussian soldier from Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Friedrich der Niederlande (2. Westfälisches) Nr. 15 (15th Infantry Regiment (2nd Westphalians) of Prince Frederick of the Netherlands) charging with bayonet fixed:
  9. Questions posted on the forum may sit for weeks or months before there's a reply. Please keep in mind that nobody is obligated to do research on your behalf and, if we're fortunate enough to have an expert in that specific category, that person may not login to the forum on a daily basis. Welcome to the forum. Please share with us if you acquire more items. Best regards, Ben
  10. A sharp looking Bavarian Einjährig-Freiwilliger (one year volunteer):
  11. A group of soldiers posing with two MG08s: No information on reverse and with no good line of sight to their shoulder straps these soldiers and their unit will remain unidentified for the time being.
  12. Three more soldiers with Schneeschuh insignia: They have a metallic 'S' instead of cloth patch on their collars. Visible cap devices include the Karpathenabzeichen and Edelweißabzeichen.
  13. I think @Bart V. is referring to the postal service for some nations. For example, Deutsche Post utilizes the following horn symbol: However, a lot of nations have also used the horn to represent their infantry and sometimes other specialized troops. I cannot say with 100% certainty, but to me your horn looks most similar to the French Chasseurs (Hunters) horn that was attached to the collar during WW1. While it was typically a cloth patch, there may have been more elaborate metallic versions as well.
  14. MG group from Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 249 (249th Reserve Infantry Regiment) posing behind MG08/15: Reverse dated 10 April 1918. The Gefreiter is wearing the Ottoman Empire's Gallipoli Star badge.
  15. Soldiers of 15e bataillon de chasseurs alpins (15th Alpine Hunters Battalion) posing with two Hotchkiss MGs: No information on reverse. Fortunately, the Sergent in center provides some clues. First, the '15' and hunting horn on his collar tabs identify the unit. Second, his tunic is the M1916 Dolman model, meaning this photo was taken 1916 or later.